Grassland Wildlife

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Please join us for a presentation on Grassland Wildlife by Pat Merkord .

Meeting will be: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Pat Merkord

Since 2006, Pat Merkord has been with the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a non-profit land trust that conserves, restores and educates about Texas prairies. She has served as Secretary and President of the Board and is now Executive Director. NPAT was founded in 1986 by a group of Texans concerned greatly about our disappearing prairie heritage, especially Texas’ endangered tallgrass prairies, and is a non-profit membership organization and land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. NPAT protects over 3,925 acres of native Texas prairie, including over 1340 acres of endangered/threatened tallgrass prairie.

An Austin native, Pat currently lives in Conroe, Texas with her husband, Glenn. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Texas A&M Kingsville and her Master’s degree in biology is from Texas State University. Formerly a biology and chemistry teacher, she retired from teaching and started a biological consulting business, Bluestem Environmental Consultants, which has been operating since 2004. She enjoys birding, gardening with natives, and traveling around the state visiting with landowners, working to restore prairie habitats, and educating about Texas native prairies.

The November Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for November is:

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

The Dragonflyer – Volume 71 – September/October 2017 Issue

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The Dragonflyer – Volume 71 – September/October 2017 is now available! Read up on all of our chapter happenings. From volunteer project highlights, the Monarch migration, a special event partnership with Master Gardeners and Athletes for Change, a well-attended open house, our chapter is keeping busy! DF-71-FINAL-LR Questions/comments? Email us at:

Jim’s This & That, October 2017

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JIM’S THIS & THAT, October 2017 Take a look inside for… 1. Links to community calendars … and including … 2. News You Can Use: articles, activities, and resources 3. Area organizations & locations for eco-recreation & education *** What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter? Pumpkin Pi   1. LINKS TO COMMUNITY CALENDARS: 1. (A calendar of events across the Metroplex, compiled by the North Texas Master Naturalists) 2. (The GreenSource DFW Environmental News & Community Resource)   2. NEWS YOU CAN… Read More →

Open House for the 2018 Class


When:  Tuesday, October 3, 7-8:30 PM
Where: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Ln., Ste. 101-B, Dallas 75229

The North Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program will be accepting applications beginning October 1, 2017, for its 2018 class. Master Naturalist Trainees receive in-depth education in wildlife and natural resource management, customized to focus on our local ecosystems. In return, Master Naturalists provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, citizen science, and demonstration projects, while pursuing advanced training in areas of their special interests.

The initial training includes 40 hours of classroom sessions plus field trips to learn about Texas’ natural resources. Training begins February 6, 2018 and continues each Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. through May 1, 2018. Most classes will meet at Brookhaven Community College, 3939 Valley View Lane, Dallas, 75244.

An Open House will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 10056 Marsh Lane, Suite 101B, Dallas. Please join us to gather more information on the training and our volunteer program.

Applications can be obtained at and will be accepted from October 1 through December 1, 2017. Class size is limited. Priority is given to applicants with a strong interest in performing volunteer service. More information about our chapter and our volunteer projects can be found on this website.